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Senior Gecko Ensembles are for people aged 13 – 17

“You feel really at home, surrounded by a group of really nice kids who share the same passion as me”
-Senior Gecko Ensemble member 2016

The Senior Gecko Ensemble is all about building theatre skills and professional practice in an environment of play, imagination and possibility. Over the year this ensemble will explore acting fundamentals and a range of theatre devising techniques, in a playful, supportive and professional environment.

Term 1: It’s a funny thing…

The Term 1 theme for our Gecko Ensembles is It’s a funny thing… The ancient Greeks had two masks representing theatre: one for tragedy and one for comedy. But in recent times comedy has often seen as the poor cousin of its more serious… cousin. So this term we’re slapping on the clown makeup, lacing up our gigantic shoes and pushing comedy right out into the spotlight. Term 1 is about laughter! Why do we laugh? What are funny stories for? How do they work? Why do we need them? And why are they so much fun to explore?

Drawing from the likes of Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn 99 and Whose Line is it Anyway? Senior Geckos will learn to make larger-than-life offers and then create your own comic text.

Term 1 is a PROCESS term this means we are focussed on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of acting through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome. We invite parents in at the end of term for an open rehearsal where they are able to see what the ensemble has been working on throughout the term. By the end of the term participants will have developed their ability to improvise and will have an increased confidence and range in their imaginative, vocal and physical expression.

Looking for previous term themes? We cleaned this page up a bit now you’ll find those topics in this post.

Term programs are correct at the time of publication but may change during the year in response to changing circumstances or to better meet the needs of children enrolled in an Ensemble group. More details about individual Term programs will be made available when enrolments open for that term.

You can find a Senior Gecko Ensemble at the following venues and times.

Gecko Ensembles run every week of the school term, normally starting the first Saturday of each term.  Each term concludes with a showing for parents and friends at the last session of the term.

The University of Western Australia

Dates  – Term One Saturday 3 February – 31 March, 2018
Times 10:30am – 12:30pm (ages 15 -17)
Venue UWA, meet at Jackson Court, adjacent to the Dolphin and Octagon Theatres each week
Cost $390 or $351 with early bird special*

Dates – Term One Saturday 3 February – 31 March, 2018
Times 12:30pm – 2:30pm (ages 13 – 14)
Venue UWA, meet at Jackson Court, adjacent to the Dolphin and Octagon Theatres each week
Cost $390 or $351 with early bird special*

Koorliny Arts Centre – Kwinana

Dates – Term One Saturday 3 February – 31 March, 2018
Times 12.30 – 2pm
Venue Koorliny Arts Cente, 10 Hutchins Way, Kwinana
Cost $200 or $180 with early bird special*

Toodyay Memorial Hall

Dates – Term One Monday 5 February – 2 April, 2018
Times 6pm – 7.30pm
Venue Toodyay Memorial Hall
Cost  $200

*Early bird discount available until 21 January, 2018.






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